It’s kind of a big deal to take on the challenge of owning your own business right out of graduation and the question of what it would be like as a young business owner is going to became a reality for one of Wellington College’s recent graduates. Nicole Klassen attended the 2 year massage therapy program at Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies in Winnipeg and before donning her graduate gown at the convocation ceremony on July 6, 2012, she had already signed the papers for her own clinic space in Winnipeg’s busy Osborne Village.
“It’s a risk because of the unknown, but you don’t always get an opportunity like this in life, and while there’s a chance I could fail, there’s a greater chance that I’ll do really well.” Nicole feels confident in the step she’s taken because of the training and education she received at Wellington College. Not only does she have advanced therapeutic massage under her belt, but hot stone and sports massage are also modalities Nicole plans on using to expand her treatments. Nicole was one of only two students who received their Sports Massage Therapy Certificate in her graduating class and was the recipient of the 2012 Volunteer Award, exceeding over twice the volunteer hours as the second highest number of hours. She took advantage of their time at Wellington to grow her clientele, which has helped give her a great start in her own practice.
Turning her focus to the future, Nicole sees massage therapy as a sustainable career. “The school definitely teaches you good body mechanics; how to use your hips and body weight instead of putting all the pressure on your hands,” she explains. While she hopes to start a family in the coming years, Nicole looks forward to maintaining management of her business even when she doesn’t have the time to juggle raising a family with giving treatments.
Hoping to expand within the next five years, Nicole’s priority is to have Wellington grads employed in her clinic, as she believes strongly in the principles and education Wellington graduates gain throughout their study. With the support of friends, family and Wellington College, Nicole looks forward to the following challenges and highlights of business in her first years.